The Arts: Dying, Thriving, or Just Hanging On? Video. With the overwhelming demand for technology in the classroom, why should boards of education approve expenditures for fine arts faculty? And with 50-year-old-plus schools in the inner cities, how can municipalities justify building new museums and concert halls? This timely two-part series examines the state of the arts in America in an era of budget-cutting and belt-tightening. 2-part series, 29 minutes each. The Arts, Art and Photography 2000.